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Game 82 Preview: Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators

New Jersey Devils (47-28-6, 100 points) vs. Ottawa Senators (41-30-10, 92 points)

3:00 PM E.T.

TV: MSG Plus

Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Today is the last matchup between the Devils and Senators, but it’s also the last game of the grueling 82 game season.  The Devils have won two out of the three meetings so far, including a 1-0 win in Ottawa back on March 20th.  Expect a hard fought game from the Senators as they’re still fighting to stay in the 7th seed.

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Game 74 Recap: Moose-egg with a side of Koval-sauce

New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators

(headline by @YesJamesIsAsian)

Three stars of the game:

3rd star: Ilya Kovalchuk (Game-winning goal)

2nd star: Ben Bishop (Senators – 33 saves)

1st star: Johan Hedberg (34-save shutout)

The Devils entered Tuesday night with a 10-4 record in the second night of back-to-back games this season.  Last night, they suffered a tough 4-2 loss at the hands of their biggest rivals, the New York Rangers, so bouncing back in Ottawa was quite a feat.  Ottawa entered Tuesday just three points behind the Devils in the standings, so it was a big game for more than one reason for both teams.  The Devils didn’t get off to the best of starts, but battled their way to a 1-0 victory.  Here’s what happened.

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Game 74 Preview: New Jersey Devils vs. Ottawa Senators

New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators

New Jersey Devils (41-26-5, 87 points) vs. Ottawa Senators (37-26-10, 84 points)
7:30 PM E.T.
TV: MSG+
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

There’s no rest for the weary as the Devils are back in action again tonight against the Ottawa Senators.  This is the third of four meetings between these two clubs. The previous two games have resulted in wins for each team, with both going into overtime.

Under Pressure:

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do…Okay, now that you’re all singing that song, let’s talk about our Devils. New Jersey has lost three of their last four games, being outscored 12-4 (or 5 if you really want to count the shootout goal against Colorado) in the process.  Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and David Clarkson have been snake-bitten. Kovalchuk has only scored one goal since his hat-trick on March 8th against the Islanders. Parise’s hat-trick on March 2nd seems so long ago, and he has also only scored one goal since then. Clarkson hasn’t had a hat-trick yet, but it has been five games since he put the biscuit in the basket. In order for the Devils to move forward, these 3 need to start scoring again.

What is going on with these guys?  Is the pressure too much for them right now?

Don’t Stop Believin’:

HOLD ON TO THAT FEEL-LEY-YEN! STREET LIGHTS! PEOPLE-OH-OH-OHHHH!!!” Oh yeah I’m just full of 80’s hits this morning! It’s okay to sing this song!  Well, “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been a Devils fans motto since last season, so folks…don’t stop now!  With nine games remaining and still a lot of hockey to play, anything can happen in these remaining games, so we all need to try and stay positive.  Do the Devils have some work to do?  Absolutely, but what team doesn’t right now?  Just hang on, strap yourselves in and get ready for this ride into the playoffs folks…cause it’s gonna be a fun ride!

Devils’ projected lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk

Sykora – Elias – Zubrus

Ponikarovsky – Josefson – Clarkson

Boulton – Carter – Janssen

Greene – Fayne

Volchenkov – Zidlicky

Salvador – Larsson

Hedberg

Brodeur

The Ottawa Senators:

The Senators were at the top of their division just a week ago, but for a short amount of time. Still, there’s no reason they can’t get it back. The Bruins are only three points ahead of them and that’s not a lot for things to change. With Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson in the Top 10 for scoring right now, the Senators are no slouch of a team.

Senators projected lineup:

Greening – Spezza – Michalek

Klinkhammer – Turris – Alfredsson

Foligno – Obrien – Neil

Daugavins – Smith – Condra

Kuba – Karlsson

Cowen – Gonchar

Phillips – Gilroy

Bishop

Auld

Game Preview – Game 27: Ottawa Senators @ Your New Jersey Devils!


New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators


Ottawa Senators
(13-12-3, 29 points) vs New Jersey Devils (13-12-1, 27 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 2 
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

First of Four against the Senators this season. Last season, the Senators took three of the four from New Jersey.

Devils Get Back on Winning Side:

The New Jersey Devils were finally able to snap a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night against Toronto at Air Canada Centre. The win came with help from the hometown kid, David Clarkson, who netted two goals including the game winner.

The Devils improved to 7-1 in games needing extra time to be decided. The only problem with this record, only two of the seven wins were in actual overtime. With the way records work now, shootout wins will not count in tiebreakers. Five of the seven wins are shootout wins.

Despite being 2-for-2 in their first two powerplays of the game, the Devils had a hard time hanging onto the 2-0 lead. Phil Kessel put the Leafs on the board in the second period, a period which seemed like the Devils had pulled an all-nighter with how sluggish their gameplay was. Matt Frattin tied the game early in the third.

Luckily, Martin Brodeur had one of his better outings of the season, stopping 29 shots. I cannot stress how important it is for Brodeur to have played this game the way he did after being pulled in his last game against Minnesota on December 2. He was pulled just over eight minutes into the game.

Devils Top Line Producing:

Rookie Adam Henrique is currently on a six game point streak (2 goals, 5 assists).

Zach Parise is on a five game point streak (1 goal, 5 assists).

Ilya Kovalchuk is also on a five game point streak (3 goals, 3 assists).

Against the Senators:

All-time the Devils are 43-22-5-1 when playing the Senators and 22-11-2-0 when playing in New Jersey.

Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Wild with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 46 games played.

Ilya Kovalchuk, however, has the most career points among active Devils with 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) in 33 games played.

Eric Boulton has the most career penalty minutes among active Devils with 59 PIM in 28 career games against Ottawa.

Martin Brodeur is 35-22-4 in his career against the Senators with a 2.17 GAA.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Tedenby - Elias - Sykora

Zubrus - Carter – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Palmieri

Talinder – Fayne
Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Fraser

Brodeur
Hedberg

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The Latest on the Ottawa Senators:

The Senators appeared to be on a hot streak as they closed out November by winning five of their last seven in the month. December hasn’t been as friendly to them. Currently, they are 1-2-1 in the month.

The Senators are coming off of a 5-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday night, a game in which they had a 2-1 lead, but could not hold off Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Ovechkin, and the rest of the Capitals offense who scored three unanswered to take a 4-2 lead, and held on for the win.

Nick Foligno is currently on a five game point streak which consists of  three goals, six points and a plus-five rating during the five-game stretch.

Milan Michalek collected his 17th goal of the season on Wednesday night against the Capitals, putting him into a three-way tie for the league lead ( Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel also have 17 goals).

Projected Senators Lineup:

Greening – Spezza – Butler
Michalek – Foligno – Alfredsson
Daugavins – Smith – Condra
Konopka – Winchester – Neil

Phillips – Gonchar
Cowen – Karlsson
Lee – Rundblad

Auld
Anderson

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